Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Nobel Prize Winner to Boycott Leading Science Journals

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Randy Schekman, a professor at UC Berkeley and co-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, announced Monday in a “Comment” piece in The Guardian that his lab would stop submitting research articles to Nature, Cell, and Science, which he describes as “luxury journals.”

He has taken this action because of what he describes as “inappropriate incentives”: their practice of publishing articles about the most attention-getting research rather than the best/most important research. He proposes publishing in open-access journals edited by working scientists instead and encourages universities and funding agencies to consider the quality of the published research rather than the outlet in which it appeared.

UCLA Faculty Sign Elsevier Pledge

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Several UCLA faculty have signed The Cost of Knowledge, a pledge not to support any journal published by Reed Elsevier unless the company changes its academic publishing practices.  As of this morning, more than 4,400 people have signed the pledge.

The pledge grew out of a blog post by Timothy Gowers, a Fields Medal-winning mathematician at the University of Cambridge. In that post, he stated that he would not submit or referee papers for any Elsevier journals or serve on any of its editorial boards until the company changed its practices of charging high prices, bundling titles, being difficult to negotiate price with, and supporting legislation like SOPA and the Research Works Act.

UCLA mathematician Terence Tao commented on the pledge on his blog.

Conversation for Faculty with Intellectual Property Expert on Nov. 8

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Peter Jaszi, law professor and director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, will give a talk for faculty on Tuesday, November 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  An experienced copyright litigator, he is widely recognized as an advocate for the public interest in intellectual property law.

Admission is free. Send an email to receive confirmation of the location in the Research Library.

Open Textbook Supporter May Become Undersecretary of Education

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, President Obama has nominated Martha Kanter, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Santa Clara County, as undersecretary of education. In this position she would oversee national postsecondary education policy, federal student aid, and other areas.

Kanter has supported efforts to encourage colleges to share noncopyrighted books and course materials on the Internet.

Scholars’ Role in their Digital Future

Monday, April 6th, 2009

UCLA professor Johanna Drucker, in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, remarks that humanities and social science scholars must become more active participants in their future digital environments.  Drucker calls this work “an intellectual responsibility, not a technical task.”

Often considered to be the realm of librarians and technologists, digital tools that do not help scholars engage in research are not used.  Drucker points to the critical need for scholars, including those in the humanities, to work with these partners to create useful digital tools for the types of scholarship they do.  She believes scholars must take their role seriously and administrators must see the value of this work.

NPR’s “Science Friday” to Discuss NIH Public Access Mandate

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

On this Friday’s National Public Radio show “Science Friday”, host Ira Flatow will interview former National Institutes of Health Director Harold Varmus to discuss the NIH Public Access Policy which went into effect this week.  Varmus is a founder of the Public Library of Science and a proponent of open access to research

Open Education Through Creative Commons

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

In the Ted TalkGoodbye Textbooks; Hello Open-Source Learning, Richard Baraniuk, engineering professor at Rice University, discusses Connexions, an open-source system to share teaching material and learning objects with educators around the world.

Connexions uses Creative Commons licensing, which enables authors, scientists, artists, and educators to manage their intellectual property by marking it to allow others to use, reuse, or modify their works.

Open Humanities Press to Launch in 2008

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Open Humanities Press (OHP), an open access publisher of contemporary critical and cultural theory, will launch in 2008 as a consortium of leading open access journals in continental philosophy, cultural studies, new media, film, and literary criticism.  The editorial board includes a number of UC faculty as well as N. Katherine Hayles and Douglas Kellner from UCLA.

Faculty Opinion on Ceding Copyright to Journal

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

See Swedish archaeology Martin Rundqvist’s perspective on Sage Publications’ requirement that he cede copyright to it in order to publish in the European Journal of Archaeology in an October 18 entry on the blog Aardvarchaeology.

Farb Named UCLA Associate University Librarian

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Sharon Farb has been appointed as the UCLA Library’s new associate university librarian for collection management and scholarly communication.  She has been head of Digital Collection Services for the Library since April 2006 and has worked at the Library in various positions since 1989.  She earned a BS in criminology from UC Berkeley, a JD from Golden Gate University Law School, and an MA and a PhD in information studies from UCLA.